The popular cabaret restaurant announced today that the venue's doors will not be re-opening.
Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, a popular restaurant and bar known for its nightly live entertainment, announced today that it would not be re-opening. The venue closed in March when bars and restaurants were forced to shutdown indoor service due to to the COVID-19 pandemic, briefly re-opened in June when restrictions were loosened, and closed again in July. Today, its owners Jim Simpson and Doru Tifui announced its permanent closure.
Simpson and Tifui have owned Martinis for approximately a decade, although the venue has been serving its strong martinis and offering live entertainment for over 20 years. Countless performers big and small have graced the stage over the years, while numerous charity events have also taken place in the venue, including the annual Charity Wreath Auction.
Martinis Above Fourth is located on the second floor of an office building and is a primarily indoor space so adapting to current guidelines which allow for mostly outdoor dining and drinking would have been difficult for the venue based on its location. The type of entertainment Martinis offered would likely not be ideal outdoors.
The full statement is below.
This has been a year none of us could have expected and has given us a new perspective on all we hold dear. After much deliberation about how to reopen and survive the COVID era, we have concluded there is simply no real viable path forward for Martinis Above Fourth and decided to close the business and file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Protection.
Instead of focusing on COVID or the many challenges facing our industry that led us to this difficult conclusion, we would rather take this opportunity thank to the staff, customers, artists, and everyone that walked through our doors all these years.
First, to our entire hardworking staff. We spent an incredible amount of time together through the last 10 years and through major ups and downs, but always as a team dedicated to each other and our guests.
To customers that supported us for 10 years repeatedly, through our community events, fundraisers for various great causes, and most of all for the incredible friendships we developed.
To all artists that blessed our stage with their presence. We will never forget all the music, comedy, and everything in between that lightened up our stage and the incredible talent you all brought to us and our customers.
Although it is a hard blow to us and the entire MA4 family, it is nothing compared to the huge number of people that have lost their lives, health, or someone that they love in this pandemic.
We will never forget the amazing memories we all made together, and we hope that you will not forget us.
-Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage